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Graduate student in sustainable engineering

Instructions for Authors

Instructions for authors attending ISSST2014 has been posted here.

You will find information on your accepted paper(s), including the template to follow, links to necessary websites for uploading your paper, information on peer reviewing and the structure for commenting and revising papers, and a timeline for all these activities.

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New information for students attending ISSST2014 is available!

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Information on the student poster and paper competition is available, as well as information on student events during ISSST2014. This page will be updated as more information is finalized about events during ISSST.

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains.

The Science of Storytelling: Why Telling a Story is the Most Powerful Way to Activate Our Brains

We all enjoy a good story, whether it’s a novel, a movie, or simply something one of our friends is explaining to us. But why do we feel so much more engaged when we hear a narrative about events?P

It’s in fact quite simple. If we listen to a powerpoint presentation with boring bullet points, a certain part in the brain gets activated. Scientists call this Broca’s area and Wernicke’s area. Overall, it hits our language processing parts in the brain, where we decode words into meaning. And that’s it, nothing else happens.P

When we are being told a story, things change dramatically. Not only are the language processing parts in our brain activated, but any other area in our brain that we would use when experiencing the events of the story are too.

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Capt. Wayne Porter, USN to open ISSST2014

captwayneporterISSST2014 will open 19 May 2014 in Oakland CA with a keynote address from US Navy Captain Wayne Porter, a PhD candidate at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterrey CA.  Capt. Porter will be presenting his work with the Steinbeck Innovation Cluster that builds upon his paper, A National Strategic Narrative, co-authored with Col. Mark Mykleby, USMC and featuring a foreword by Dr. Anne-Marie Slaughter.

Capt. Porter is a frequent and popular public speaker, and recently delivered this lecture as part of Wrigley Series in the Global Institute of Sustainability at Arizona State University.


CAPT Porter holds two Masters of Science degrees and is completing doctoral work at Naval Postgraduate School.  Military duty included Japan, England, Italy, the Balkans, Bahrain (Navy’s Director of Intelligence in the Persian Gulf/East Africa), and three tours on the personal staff of ADM Mike Mullen, including Special Assistant for Strategy to both the Chief of Naval Operations and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs.  In 2011, Secretary of Defense directed him to establish a Chair at Naval Postgraduate School.  He is a “Walton Fellow” at Arizona State University’s Global Institute of Sustainability and is currently Chair, Systemic Strategy and Complexity at Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

Cited in Marquis’ Who’s Who in America, his civilian and military awards include the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Defense Superior Service Medal, three Legions of Merit, and the NATO Meritorious Service Medal.  He co-authored, with Colonel Mark Mykleby, “A National Strategic Narrative,” published by the Woodrow Wilson Center for International Scholars and subsequently cited in numerous journals, televised editorials and radio interviews ( His work has appeared in the Harvard Business Review, Journal of American Foreign Policy Interests, The HotSpring Quarterly, Washington Times, and Naval Institute Proceedings.

co-author with Col Mark Mykleby, USMC